Prayer

Reading, Intimacy, Angels of Death

Reading, I think, is a fundamentally spiritual experience. The phenomenologist Georges Poulet once remarked that, when we read, another person’s “I” enters into our own souls. Think about it: when we read the word...

The Shower Prayer (full poem, by Cristina M. R. Norcross)

The Shower Prayer   The hot rain of the shower comes down. Walls blurred from early morning vision – I leave the high hot setting and simply stand in the moment of daybreak.   Calendar unmarked, computer untouched – this day is thankfully unspoken for. For...

Peace All tghe Time, Right? A narritive poem by ko shin Bob Hanson

What a day, What a moment, Thanks and praise to all who made this possible... As we cry out in this moment, the pain of living, The pain of tsunami, of judgment instead of grace… Rejecting some, welcoming...

Prayer of Service

My eyes are closed–and my heart wide open. With a soft and gentle spirit I AM HERE. Asking, imploring to know What would you have me do? I am yours–to serve, to love, to pray, to support. Show me the...

‘Ishq (In English and Arabic)

'Rubaiyat' of Omar Kaiyyam, 'Hour of Grace,' by Edmund Dulac, Yale University Library Collection   Because your sighs have fermented my blood, I need no wine. My name on your lips is the longest Sura. I begin the...

“The Shower Prayer” by Cristina M. R. Norcross

Please click on the link below to my official blog, Running on at the Ink, to read my latest poem, "The Shower Prayer."  For a brief, poetic respite from the world through a meditation...

If Only Yesterday And Not Tomorrow

Me - the muse His words are oxygen to a dying fire. His voice is remedy to an ailing heart. Yet his love is torture to a longing soul, And his answers are questions to a puzzled mind. How...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Twenty-Eight (Rabia)

Rabia, depicted in an Islamic miniature Image is in public domain (expired copyright) Poem translated by Charles Upton from Persian This week I'm still thinking about stars, but we've stepped back a few centuries to 717–801 C.E. to read the work of...

There’s a Life Waiting for You

There's a life waiting for you just across the threshold of your fear, just beyond what your mind can see. This life is not about others liking you. It's not a clever scheme to make you rich. This life...

The Vessel

Within the beginning God created us in God’s own image; God formed us from dirt, yet blessed with Divine visage.  We are caught between the human and the Divine; participants of God’s kingdom in our...